• (British) IPA: /əˈsæsɪn/

assassin (plural assassins)

  1. (historical) A member of a Muslim group who employed assassination of key enemy figures as their tactic.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 29, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      The Assassines, a nation depending of Phœnicia, are esteemed among the Mahometists of a soveraigne devotion and puritie of maners; they hold, that the readiest and shortest way to gaine Paradise, is to kill some one of a contrary religion […].
    (by extension, historical) A member of the Nizari Ismaili sect of Islam
  2. Someone who intentionally kills a person, especially a professional who kills a public or political figure.
  3. Any ruthless killer.
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assassin (assassins, present participle assassining; past and past participle assassined)

  1. (nonstandard) To assassinate.

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